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September FISD Newsletter 2021


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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Deployment Office


Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs

Around the Detachment



Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary

Pre Approval Forum

3D Section

Field Exercise Award

Imperial Attaché Program

Fire Teams

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

Public Relations

Staff List 2020
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André Düvel TX-7683 passed away earlier this year, after a long battle with illness.

André participated enthusiastically in German Garrison events for many years in his Shadow Trooper, Royal Guard, and Staff Officer. He was a helpful, open person, who welcomed everyone and reached out unreservedly to all. He was always available with advice and support.

His Garrison members have many fond memories of troops and social gatherings with him. He will be remembered as a passionate Trooper, an avid Star Wars collector, and cosplayer.

The loss of André has left a deep void in the ranks of the German Garrison, and he will be greatly missed.


Our condolences go out to his family, friends.


"Buckets Off"







On the morning of 21st August, Chris "Hot Rod" Scott ST-10772 joined the big Death Star in the sky surrounded by family and friends, with the Star Wars movies playing so he could hear them.


Hot Rod was a valued member of Korriban Squad in Iowa. He was part of many visits to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, appeared on stage with Weird Al in 2019, and many more.


Our condolences go out to his family, friends.


"Buckets Off"






On the morning of August 23, 2021, we lost Marea Anselmo Gardella (ID-9541).

Her passing was unexpected, and she is dearly mourned by the Everglades Squad and the Florida Garrison.

Marea joined the 501st Legion in May 2008, shortly after her husband, Ryan Gardella. Her nephew, Matthew Anselmo, is also a member who joined in 2010. While she didn’t troop as much as her husband and nephew, when she did, you knew she was there by her infectious smile and welcoming personality.


Marea was constantly thinking about others before herself and it showed at every event she attended. There is so much more that could be said about what a kind, compassionate, and caring person Marea was. Alongside the rest of her family, she exemplified the core communitarian and familial values that characterize Everglades Squad; her memory will live on through her family-- both genetic and of the Legion.


Our condolences go out to her family, friends.


"Buckets Off"





Suddenly, it's September, and although many around the galaxy are in various stages of lock down and pandemic related restrictions, it is good to hear stories emerging of more and more troops occurring.


Slowly but surely we are getting back to something that resembles a little bit of normal. I hope this trend continues to improve and allow us once again to be the bad guys doing good out there in our communities.


This month I would simply like to discuss a few updates vs our detachment plan to keep everyone in the loop.


Firstly, the 15th anniversary coins have finally shipped from the supplier and are on their way to the US. Hopefully they arrive soon after this news letter goes live and James can start the huge task or sorting and shipping out to everyone.


The newest version of EI coins has also shipped out, so all those who have been patiently waiting to get their one-off, numbered and exclusive Expert infantry coin will not have much longer to wait.


Announcements for both these coins will be made in their relevant areas on the forums once they are received and the shipping commences.


A big shout out to all the troopers that have sent in photos for the anniversary special project. Wow, wow, wow, there are some truly beautiful images from around the world, and with over 300 submitted, it's going to be a challenge for the staff to sort through and categorize these snap shots in time.  We can't wait to give you the bigger picture on the project, and when that time comes we also hope everyone will be as excited as we are.


Many of our set plans for this term have been completed.


The clean up still continues and will do for a while yet, but once it is complete you can expect to see a few more minor changes happening in a section or two of the forums. Updates on that will come closer to the launch time.


Merch remains a topic of discussion, in our planning, but recently I have received a few messages from members asking when the next Detachment shirt run will be.


The easiest way to give you an answer on this is to look at the bigger picture when it comes to shirt runs.


As a rule, we do this type of merch about every 2 years. The last run was still ongoing into April 2020 with a few members waiting on reprint shirts due to errors etc.


That would put the next run in the vicinity of April next year, but fear not, you won't have to wait until then.


FISD shirt runs are HUGE!!, up to and over 800 pieces, so finding a member that is willing to put the time and effort into helming a run of this nature is not an easy task. Ultimately a shirt run will pivot on someone stepping up to the plate to facilitate one.


Another major point to consider is the fact Celebration is an apparent go again for 2022. It was scheduled for August but has since been brought forward to May 26th-29th 2022.


We would like to align the next shirt run with the advent of Celebration Anaheim, as we have for Celebration events in the past, therefore the best timing would be early in 2022, and most possibly kicking that off in January.


There are decisions to be made when it comes to the design as well. Do we keep the current version, do we add something for the 15th anniversary year, or do we have a totally new design.


This will come under staff discussion in the near future and once we are finished discussing the next merch item we are bringing you, and the current coins have been distributed.


More updates to come on that, but if you are interested in helming a merch run for the detachment it comes with a couple of perks in itself.

1. You find out before the rest of membership, what that item is.

2. You get yours first.

3. You get the merch item for free as we always gift one to the person who makes the run a reality for everyone.


So you see there are many considerations that go into planning such a task as a shirt run because detail is more important on these runs than most others.


If any of our members are interested in stepping up earning some Kudos and detachment praise, please know my door is always open to discuss the in's and out of what needs to be done in helming a merch run for FISD.


More merch to come before then so watch this space.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK11469 "Sly11"

Detachment Lead








On behalf of Mario, myself and the entire Command Staff, I would like to congratulate Chemi (TK 30173) for being promoted from Deputy Deployment Officer to full fledged D.O.


Since his arrival on Staff, he has done an outstanding job in his role and dedicated countless hours to both research as well as ensuring that the applications he has completed have been precise.  He is a great team player... always willing to learn something new and an absolute pleasure to work with!


Buckets off to you, brother, and keep up the great work!  :salute:



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Joseph Pedigo

TK-10963 "justjoseph63"

Chief Deployment Officer







With Unquestioned Loyalty

Mario E RT

TK-48117 "TKSpartan"

Deployment Officer




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Jose Maria Sanchez

TK-30173 "Chemi"

Deployment Officer




FISD 15th Anniversary Coin CLOSED



Run is now CLOSED, coins are in hand and will be shipping soon. For more updates head to the sales thread here







Please welcome TK-11672 Carsten to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame with this epic photo - well done Trooper!





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Aaron Gibson

TK-99725 "Pyrates"

Curator Hall of Fame










Hovi Tip Found



Could we be a step closer to knowing what these parts actually were used for?


Thanks to Daniel O'Keeffe this looks to be the closest we have come in over 40 years.


Here is the full story from the man himself  Daniel O'Keeffe but first I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Daniel to the FISD forums and thank him for allowing me to share the information, taking us another step closer to solving the mysteries of this found part mystery.


Full story here







Action Photo Backgrounds


It makes our job a lot easier editing your images into the Expert Infantry Honor frames if you use a contrasting blank background when taking your action photos for your EI applications.


Contrasting is not using a white/light or black/dark background while wearing black and white, it  just doesn't work. Also taking photos outdoors, in sunlight, in the garden or in front of brick walls really makes our job harder.

A simple solution is using a colored sheet or a tarpaulin.


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 yes.png.21a64eb6ec180b155d4e380ff2a9f8df.png  Here are a few examples of backgrounds which make our job much easier :)


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If possible please try to use a contrasting background when taking your photos, your GML's and GWL's with also thank you for it :salute:









For a full list of FISD awards head here





Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean?  To help you @justjoseph63 has started a list of the most commonly used ones that will give you some insight.  If you have ANY questions about a particular term that is not listed or suggestions for new ones please contact Joseph. You can find the list here






Pre Approval Forum allows future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval.  Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback.  For more information on this program, please visit the link here






Don't forget to visit our 3D section when next surfing the FISD forums, there is plenty of useful information to potentially help you on your next TK adventure. You might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award DGx4MwQ.png  DjQ8bJi.png so check out the details below and be part of the in house 3D community.  Here is a link to the FISD 3D Contributor program.






Don't forget to create a troop log here on FISD and get awarded for your adventures The list of accomplished troopers keeps growing, so get on board and register your troops today Simply start (or update!) your troop log, keep the running total in the title, and post (at least!) a date and name for the official 501st event where you wore your TK! Once you've hit a milestone count, go over to the "Field Exercise Awards -- Post your milestones here" thread to request your profile be updated!  Simple, right?


Award Recipients August - September


troopaward10.png TK91973 "ocmano"  Aaron - troopaward10.png TK46116 "CallMeMrTibbles"  Richard - 

troopaward25.png TK24233 "BDWC"  Jim - 





Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper?  Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers?  If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well.  Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here

Some of the benefits:  Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, IA patch 6PLrnxJ.png,       IA Rocker  dPN7mwd.png

For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here


You may also be in the running for an Imperial Attaché Award   7UlPmRQ.png  Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service]. You can find a list of prior recipients here 






Want to setup a "Fire Team?  the Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion Stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. You can find more information here 


Lets welcome our 63rd Fire Team

 Team: Fire Team Rio Bravo!!  

Region: New Mexico, US. Dewback Ridge Garrison. 
Name: Fire Team Rio Bravo






So what exactly are kKf6hGu.png and QrRRhuF.png levels?

These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval.  It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! You can find more information on the programs here




This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy and obtained EIB or Centurion or both.  FOR August - September the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:


Colin  "Csefton TK19632 EIB 1031 

Ardeshir "equuspolo" TK42128  EIB TLJ - 6th Award

Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421  EIB TKC - 8th Award

Brett "Cleantrooper" TK9593  EIB ESB - 3rd Award 


GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3!  :salute:

Request your free EIB certificate here

You can find a list of multiple award recipients here


Centurion Badge Award:


Ardeshir "equuspolo" TK42128  EIB TFA - 5th Award

Colin "Csefton TK19632  Centurion 504

Jacob "Pistolsheets TK86267 Centurion 505

Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421  Centurion TKC - 8th Award

Justin "fishgoh0nk TK83751 Centurion 506


Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers!  :salute:

Request your free Centurion certificate here  

You can find a list of multiple award recipients here


If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them!






If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm.

For anyone interested in having a look through any of the older newsletter they have now been moved to a new archive sub forum which you can find Here 





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Glen "Q" Rhodes

TK-85421 "gmrhodes13"

PRO Newsletter


Staff List 2021


Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469

Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF)

Chief Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963

Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario E RT (TKSpartan) TK-48117

Deployment Officer: (DCA): Jose Maria Sanchez (Chemi) TK-30173

Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466

Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911

Provost Marshal (DCOG): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911

Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597

Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584

Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550

Content Editor Support (PRO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116

Content Editor Awards (PRO):  This will be handled by the XO

Newsletter Publisher (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421

HOF Director (PRO): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725

Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 

Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307

Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 

Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674

Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959

Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020

Trading Cards Content Support (IPM): Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520

Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802

Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Jeff Salt (wingnut) TK 50297




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On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department




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